Tiny Pasta and Peas

Pasta is not just a main dish – it makes beautiful salads, and also great side dishes. This one uses tiny pasta – use any of the tiny pastas, the sort that are commonly used in minestrone. The pasta is cooked then mixed with peas that have been cooked with parsley, garlic and onion. This is a fairly simple dish – there are much more fancy ways of making this, but we love this very simple version.

You can make this dish with other veggies too – tiny cubes of carrot barely cooked, sweetcorn, the youngest tiny broad beans etc.

Similar dishes include Pasta with Avocado, Rocket Salad with Penne Pasta, Capunti Pasta with Tomatoes, and Buttered Orzo Pasta.

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Fettuccine All’Alfredo | Fettuccine with Butter and Parmesan

This is a gorgeous and quick pasta dish of 3 or 4 ingredients – so unusual in today’s current fashion of long ingredient lists. It is often also called Fettuccine Alfredo, although it’s original name was Fettuccine al Burro.

Traditionally this dish did not include cream – the sauce was an emulsion between butter and parmesan. However, the American version is made with cream, butter and cheese. Choose which ever version you prefer.

It is said that in the 1020’s Alfredo, a restaurateur, was trying to find a dish that his pregnant wife, who had lost her appetite, would eat. He added cheese to a simple pasta-and-butter dish and she loved it. When he introduced it to his restaurant it became popular around the world.

Similar dishes include Pasta and Peas, Pasta with Avocado, Vermicelli with Charred Broccoli, Pasta with Broad Bean Puree, Pasta with Yoghurt and Cheese, and Tagliatelle with Walnuts and Lemon.

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Pasta with Avocado and Herb Oil

I adore dishes that can be made in 10 mins or under. Here is an easy pasta dish – delicious – that is the perfect week night dish. It is great for lunches too, if you are at home. Put the pasta on to cook, dice the avocado, make the herb oil, mix all together and serve.

Similar dishes include Pasta and Peas, Fettuccine Alfredo, Pasta with Roasted Capsicum, Pasta Baked with Cabbage and Cheese, and Pasta with Yoghurt, Peas and Chilli.

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Minestra con Pasta e Verdure Arriostite | Minestra with Pasta and Roasted Vegetables

We made a lot of minestrone soups this Winter – hearty vegetable soups fortified with dried beans and pasta.  Minestrone is that perfect, soupy blend, often with vegetables. It is a bowlful of goodness that leaves one sated and nourished, and feeling happy and content, at any time of the year.  No one can resist a good minestrone.

In this version, the vegetables are roasted before the soup if made with cannellini beans and vermicelli pasta. It is another incredibly delicious variation on a theme – the vegetables are a seasonal mix so that soup can be made at any time of the year.

We will often make a minestrone on the weekend in Winter – it is so hearty that a bowl of soup, some crusty bread and a simple salad is all that is needed for Wintery Weekend dinners. We are taking our inspiration from Ursula Ferrigno’s books.

Similar dishes include Tiny Pasta in Broth, Geonese Minestrone, Lentil, Barley and Vegetable Soup, and Italian Farmhouse Vegetable Soup.

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Tiny Pasta in Broth

Italian soups are pretty much ignored outside of Italy. While we are very familiar with all sorts of pasta dishes, the breads of Italy and some vegetable dishes, few soups besides minestrone have gained traction.

Today this is a very simple soup – one made with tiny pasta and broth. Gentle, Wintery and flavoursome, it can be made with a dark broth or one with a tomato base.

Similar recipes include Pasta and Peas, Pasta with Avocado, Vermicelli with Charred Broccoli, Chickpea and Orzo Pasta Soup, and Borlotti Bean and Pasta Minestrone.

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Summery Grain or Lentil Salad

This is a versatile Summer salad. The base can be a grain, dried bean, lentil or even tiny pasta. Indeed you can mix them as well. Use couscous, barley, freekeh, burghul, Israeli couscous, small pasta, horse gram, quinoa, rice, puy lentils, matki beans, butter beans or haricot beans. This is definitely a salad that helps you clean out your pantry – use any grain, lentil or bean that you have available. Today I am using barley mixed with a little tiny pasta.

Just a note about the salad dressing. It uses a curry powder. Either use a good quality one or make your own. My Mother used to make a Curried Rice Salad, and we loved it. This is my take on that salad. Today I have used barley as a base, with a little tiny tubular pasta. It is great alongside an Halloumi Burger and steamed sweetcorn!

Similar dishes include Freekeh and Burghul Pilaf, Quinoa Salad with Orange, Pasta and Couscous Salads, and Parsley, Barley and Feta Salad.

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Orzo and Eggplant Bake

Food in the oven always signals the arrival of Winter, no matter what the date is. Firstly I make the Rice Pudding that my Grandmothers and Mother made, baked until it forms a crusted top. This is followed by an array of baked dishes, many of them featuring pasta.

Today’s dish is a pasta one – using orzo, that rice shaped  pasta that is divine in salads too. It is a variation of an Ottolenghi recipe that I have converted to a vegetarian dish. It is quite divine! And easy to make with mostly common ingredients. If you don’t have the tamarind, leave it out. Or add a tspn dark miso.

Similar dishes include Three Cheese Eggplant Bake, Spinach and Toasted Orzo, Baked Pasta with Mozzarella, Baked Tomato Pasta Sauce, and Pasta Bake with Cabbage and Cheese.

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My Italian Providore’s Vermicelli Pasta with Charred Broccoli

I have mentioned my Italian helpmate to you before, waxing lyrical about my lovely Italian providore – she is always full of good hints, tips and general information. I get all my pasta from there. Not that it is particularly better than anywhere else, but there are ALWAYS stories and tips to go with the packet of (essentially) dried flour and water.

When I picked up some vermicelli pasta for a minestrone soup, she told me how much she loves vermicelli with broccoli. Not much else needed, she said. And, well, she is right. You will love the simplicity of this dish and it will become your favourite Friday night pasta dish.

Similar dishes include Fettuccine Alfredo, Pasta with Broad Bean Puree, Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, and Bucatini with Zucchini.

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Pasta e Fagioli

I love a good Italian Bean and Pasta dish – either soup or pasta with a beany “ragu”. This has to be my favourite so far. It is a dish that could pass for either a soup or pasta course. Rich and delicious, it is definitely a Winter dish.

The key to this dish is the soffritto—a mix of aromatic vegetables, finely chopped, and slowly cooked. It takes some time – about 20 mins – to sweat down the vegetables until they are completely softened before letting them take on any colour. You’ll be surprised by how much richness it adds to the dish.

Similar recipes include Tiny Pasta in Broth, White Beans and Pasta in a Beautiful Broth, Borlotti Bean and Garlic Soup, and Vermicelli with Charred Broccoli.

This recipe is adapted from Where Cooking Begins. Similar recipes include, Minestra di Pasta e Fagioli Borlotti, Zuppa de Fagioli, and Minestrone alla Genovese.

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Spaghetti with Ricotta and Radicchio

We are looking forward to Spring time – although the weather is capricious. Hot, above 30C some days in Spring, then it plummets to 19C the next. That is Spring! Even this year, in late Winter, the weather goes from 20C one day to 9C the next. Oy vay! Today we are looking for a pasta dish so we pair radicchio with ricotta to perfectly suit this changeable weather.

Similar dishes include Fettuccine Alfredo, Lentil and Radicchio Salad, Zucchini Risotto, Tomato Creme Fraiche Pasta Sauce, Capunti Pasta with Tomato and Basil, and Spring Pasta with Broad Beans and Mint.

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